2006-01-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Last Sunday was a sunny day that saw boys in short sleeved shirts playing what appeared to be touch football at about 2 p.m. at the north end of town. It was a day in which a yard sale was being held as well. Not bad for January in the northeast! Other parts of our country have experienced floods, mudslides, hurricanes, lots of snow and other less-than-thrilling weather conditions—but we have been fortunate this winter—so far!

A Brunch will be held at the VFW Hall on Sunday, January 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a VFW Ladies Auxiliary Fund Raiser. Brunch includes choice of: any style eggs, pancakes or waffles; with pick of bacon, ham or sausage; roll and butter; coffee or tea, and cake. Also included is a Bloody Mary or a screwdriver or juice. Price is $6. (Fast, friendly service too—better than eating in a restaurant!)

One of our neighbors has offered a fundraising opportunity to the online shoppers in the community for St. Virgilius School. For the rest of this month and all of January and February “Big Blue Turtle will donate 50% of its earned commission” to the school; specific steps need to be followed to ensure the donation.

To browse the website to find a store you would like to shop at, go to http:// www.bigblueturtle.com.

You can email the CEO, Matthew Schilling at MSchilling@bigblueturtle.com for further details on how to take part in this fundraiser.

The Sons of the American Legion is sponsoring Snowflake Bingo for Cystic Fibrosis on Friday, January 20 at the American Legion Hall, 1st Road and Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Jackpot is $150; admission costs $5 and includes admission board and jackpot.

Coffee and cake will be available; beer and soda will be sold.

There will be Raffle Prizes and Cash 50/50s will also be sold.

All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“We are looking for Raffle prizes to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.  Please donate those unused gifts from holidays, birthdays and showers that are collecting dust in your closets and attics. 

To donate call Erin at 718 318-2330 or Ginger at 718 318-5504.”

Books and Bagels book discussion group will be held on Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m. in the Library. The discussion will be on “Say Ooh La Lah” by Robin Jones Gunn which is a light easy read with surprising occurrences in it.

All are welcome to attend the discussion. (If the book selections are not appealing, attend and make a presentation of a book you have read and enjoyed.)

St. Virgilius P.A. is selling 20/10 chances. The first drawing will be held on February 1, 2006. They will continue for a total of 10 weeks. Weekly prizes to be awarded will be $200, $100 and $50; there will also be a $250 Easter prize. For 10th week prizes there will be one $250 and two $500 prizes.

Winners can repeat.

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling Karen at 718 945-5823, at the school during school hours and at the rectory during office hours.

If you had a real Christmas tree, it is time to recycle it. If you missed DOS’s Mulchfest last weekend, it is easy to take part in the citywide program. You can put the tree [undecorated] at the curb for pick-up by the DOS from Wednesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 14. The tree will be chipped and recycled.

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner on Sunday, January 15 between 2 and 5 p.m. Donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Meal includes a glass of wine for the adults as well as coffee and cake.  Raffles will be available. All proceeds will benefit St. Virgilius School. Anyone needing transportation within Broad Channel should call the American Legion Hall between 1 to 2 p.m. at 718 474-5029.

The cost of mailing a first class letter increased to 39 cents effective Sunday, January 8.

Some of the students from St. Virgilius School were featured in Newsday on Wednesday, January 4. The fourth grade class was included in Newsday’s FutureCorps. For those who do not read Newsday, students involved in community service may find themselves with a full-page of the newspaper devoted to them and their activities. The write-up included a color photograph of the students and one of their teachers, who visited her daughter’s class in Houston, Texas, where the daughter teaches, and heard that most of the students subsist around the poverty level. The fourth graders collected clothing to send to Texas and became pen pals with some of the children there. A number of Hurricane Katrina’s survivors now live in and attend school in Houston.

If your kids are college-bound in September, you may want to attend a workshop on “How to Finance a College Education.” For most working people government financial aid is not a reality and college tuition bills can be a big expense. A financial planner, Michael Terry, will present this workshop, which includes alternative options including how to protect your retirement income, and alternative savings plans in addition to the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. It will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. at the Howard Beach library.

Before time gets away from me, I want to say ‘thank you’ for the personal cards, notes, letters, email and in-person kind words of praise and encouragement I received at Christmas and over the past year. It has all been very touching and I greatly appreciate receiving each and every one.

Thank you!

If you have an item of news or that you want published in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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